This is a now a very un-topical rant I wrote some years ago, on the 17th April 2014. Once it was out of my system I decided against posting it as my blood pressure had returned to normal and saner bloggers had expressed my feelings in calm, considered words without resorting to excessive exclamation marks. […]
"Lands are not cramped by their people, but the character of their people can cramp." (Arabic verse) "Muslims, traditionally, were a welcoming people, filled with hospitality. Even the pre-Islamic Arabs disdained those who dishonored their guests; the Arabs would “make room” for their guests, opening not simply their homes but their hearts. The believer's heart, … Continue reading Generous Tolerance
A few years ago some very disturbing allegations and counter-allegations circulated on the net about the spiritual abuse of some women by some well-respected teachers. I had it in mind when I wrote the slightly flippant blogpost "Groucho Marx, the Borg and Me". This very thoughtful, balanced and courageous article by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari tackles … Continue reading Body and soul
"If you want the mirror to reflect the face, hold it straight and keep it polished bright; although the sun does not begrudge its light, when seen in a mist it only looks like glass; and creatures comelier than angels even seem in a dagger to have devils' faces. Your dagger will never tell you … Continue reading Polish the mirror
Mullah Nasruddin was in a contemplative mood, drinking coffee with his friends. They found themselves pondering death and the legacy they would leave behind. "When you are lying wrapped in your shroud, with your friends and family mourning you, what would you like to hear them say about you?" asked a friend. "I would like … Continue reading Mullah Nasrudin and the Eulogy
Have you ever woken from a half-remembered dream, feeling like you've returned from a journey of a thousand leagues or more? I've just discovered the quirky, dark and playful landscapes of Jacek Yerka. Got to love his dreamlands, even if they make your head spin a little. Erosion Homestead Garden squared Brick and Stone
Salams and Juma' Mubarak, I could say a lot about this video - that I've been waiting for someone like him to say something like this for longer than I care to recall. That it's an overdue wake-up call to the Ummah, especially those of us in the West...but I'll let the Shaykh do the … Continue reading Women’s rights in Islam? Enough talk! Walk the walk.